Jaffna locals successfully thwart Archaeology Department excavation efforts

Jaffna locals successfully thwart Archaeology Department excavation efforts "Just a few days after the UNHCR meeting, the Sinhala government is showing their true face [...] in the Sinhalisation of the North-East," said Tamil lawyer Sugash Kanagaratnam. https://t.co/ecEWcm8t9w pic.twitter.com/1A3ZNOmGOC — Tamil Guardian (@TamilGuardian) March 30, 2021 The Sri Lankan Archaeology Department halted excavations in Puttur following large protests and outcry from the locals. The chairman of the Valikamam East Divisional Council branded the excavation illegal as department officials presented no...

Sri Lankan police officer caught on video stamping on Tamil man

A Sri Lankan police constable attached to the Maharagama police department has been arrested following an assault on a Tamil lorry driver in Pannipitiya, after a video of the incident was shared widely online, drawing widespread criticism. The police department launched an investigation after a video circulated online depicting an officer, who was on traffic duty, assaulting an individual. The driver, identified as Kalaimakan Praveen, was attacked by the police officer and had his shirt ripped. He was then thrown to the ground by the officer who then proceeded to jump on his body. The assault...

'Foreign and local forces' are misleading the public alleges Sri Lankan President

During a conference at Matara, in the southern province of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa lashed out at “foreign and local forces” which he alleged are supported by “the mafias” and are “misleading the public”. This comes as his government declared a wide-reaching prohibition of Tamil diaspora organisations and over 300 hundred individuals, including many who continue to reside in Sri Lanka and who have been placed at risk as the gazette details their addresses. This proscription announcement follows a damning report by the UN High Commissioner which warned against the...

German Tamils continue to protest planned deportations

German Tamils gathered in Berlin and Düsseldorf to protest the round-up and planned deportations of as many as 100 Tamil asylum seekers. These protests follow the mass dentition of Tamil refugees across the country, mainly in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg. (Protests in Berlin) As well as raiding homes, authorities reportedly invited asylum seekers to renew their permits to remain but upon arrival at the building, they were detained by police officers, who confiscated their phones and prevented them from communicating with their relatives and loved ones. Many families still do not...

Bringing back terror

This week the Sri Lankan government issued a gazette announcing the proscription of hundreds of Tamils and several diaspora organisations, in a move that has generated shock and outrage across the world. The announcement, which renews and broadens a previous 2014 gazette is designed to criminalise, intimidate and terrorise. It must be immediately condemned.

Australian Tamils march against detention of refugees

An estimated 100 Australian Tamils gathered in Sydney to protest Australia’s continued detention of refugees such as Rajan Navanthirasa and the issuing of temporary bridging visas such as the TPV and SHEV which have been granted to most Tamil refugees.

Kittu Park gate destroyed in suspected arson attack

The entrance to the Kittu Memorial Park in Nallur, Jaffna was set on fire in a suspected arson attack on Sunday night. Although the blaze was reported to the Jaffna Municipal Council fire brigade, the vehicle was occupied at another location. A memorial service at the park in 2005. The fire resulted in the complete destruction of the entrance facade. The park was opened in 1994 in honour of the senior Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) official Colonel Kittu who committed suicide along with nine other cadres after being surrounded by Indian navy warships in 1993. It is frequently used...

Tamil Canadian group demands Tamil genocide investigation following UN resolution

The National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) has cautiously welcomed the latest resolution on Sri Lanka passed at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), but called on Canada to demand the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to investigate Tamil genocide. “NCCT cautiously welcomes the new resolution (A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1) adopted on March 23 rd , 2021 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it includes some important progressive steps and a step towards attaining an international accountability process against Sri Lanka.” The NCCT mentions the essential...

Vavuniya families of the disappeared reach 1,500 days of protest

Families of the missing persons, who have been on a rotational hunger strike in Vavuniya, reached their 1500 th day of protest on Sunday. Following special worships at the Kandasamy Temple in Vavuniya, protesters rallied on Sunday morning chanting “We want justice!” and “Where are our children who were handed over in Omanthai?”. Protesters carried flags of the European Union and Britain, pleading these nations for justice. Last week, the UNHRC passed a resolution against Sri Lanka which called for the gathering of evidence for a further war crimes tribunal but failed to incorporate the...

Hundreds gather to protest planned deportation Tamil asylum seekers

(Protest in Pforzheim) Hundreds have gathered in front of detention centres in Büren and Pforzheim, Germany, to demonstrate against the round-up and planned deportations of as many as 100 Tamil asylum seekers. These protests follow the mass dentition of Tamil refugees across the country, mainly in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg. As well as raiding homes, authorities reportedly invited asylum seekers to renew their permits to remain but upon arrival at the building, they were detained by police officers, who confiscated their phones and prevented them from communicating with their...

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